“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat says that he expects Peter Capaldi will “probably” keep his Scottish accent as the 12th incarnation of The Doctor.
Appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and speaking with DW Magazine recently, Moffat says part of the reason for the hiring of Capaldi was to “flip the switch the other way after having two youthful and accessible Doctors in a row.” They also haven’t gotten into any serious talk about his costume yet.
He describes the personality of Capaldi’s incarnation to be “older, trickier and fiercer… I think the fun story will be – and we have the opportunity here – is this is what regeneration can do to you. He can be very, very different.”
In fact, in the beginning the character will likely be quite irascible: “People really love Jenna, so we make the Doctor quite difficult.” He then compares Capaldi’s arrival to that of Tom Baker’s in the classic series – “He [Baker] is really quite difficult to take at the beginning, and you’re very grateful that Sarah and the Brigadier are there to reassure you.”
Moffat confirms that he has no plans to resurrect the other Time Lords – “The Time Lords are dead in my mind. They died.” He also acknowledged the famous twelve regeneration limit but didn’t comment on how that rule might be circumvented in the future.
It has also been confirmed that “Luther” creator Neil Cross is set to return to pen episodes for next season. Cross penned the well-regarded “Hide” and the less enthusiastically received “The Rings of Akhaten” this past season.
Back to Moffat, and talk also touched upon “Sherlock”. He admits they would rather end the show than recast:
“That show could not continue without Benedict and Martin. It’s absolutely them. Benedict and Martin have been announcing on various red carpets that they’re happy to come back and keep doing it. It would be quite nice to do it for a long, long time – let them age and become the normal aged Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.”
Source: Digital Spy